I started with soccer when I came to Norway, but found a bigger love for handball (which I still play today). I played for some big clubs in Norway. I began swimming at a young age and competed in that as well. Around 13 years of age, I started playing golf, and in high school I began practicing martial arts. I was elected to represent Norway at the European Championships, and that same year I got 15th place at the Norwegian Nationals in golf.I also practice Olympic lifting here and there. I have coached people in every sport I have done.
Due to my handball career, I sustained several injuries. Since I’m a small player (1.67cm), I often got beat up – and my shoulder took most of the beating. Therefore, I developed a dysfunctional shoulder which got dislocated at almost every handball training. Right after I started working as a personal trainer, I got in contact with a specialist in shoulder injuries. He showed me mobility exercises, and some of which used kettlebells. At the time, I knew Nils Lundgren was practicing Kettlebell Sport. I decided to join him, and my shoulders are thankful for that. I found a lot of enjoyment in the kettlebell training, so I quit the traditional strength training, and started doing Kettlebell Sport.
Long Cycle 2×24 63 reps at 68kg bodyweight (Gold medal at 2014 IUKL World Championships)
Biathlon 2×24 83 reps Jerk, 110 reps, Snatch at 68kg bodyweight
Long Cycle 2×32 25 reps at 68kg bodyweight
I started coaching back in 2012. Well, I was more like a support to the girls and guys back then. But after a while, I saw that (mostly the girls) had real potential, and good progression in the lifts. I felt I could get them to be even better.
Being around my students in training and competition makes a big difference. Even though my students live across the country, some even a six hours drive from me, I travel to them for training sessions or camps. Here we make the baseline for the next training period. These kinds of trainings have been crucial for their development.
I always have to be present at some point to get them forward in their success.
versus someone who starts to train seriously (20kg and above)?
I actually started with coaching women on double bells back in 2012. Unfortunately, the girls I coached back then do not lift anymore (two of them were already at 60 reps with 2x16kg).
When I first got into the sport, I couldn’t understand why women were not allowed to lift two kettlebells. From my own experience, I saw that women had better benefits with two kettlebells. In my opinion, it is old-fashioned to think that women can’t do the same things as men. Just look at the best results for women across the globe – they are already crushing the results of many of the men. And this is only the beginning.
I spend more time on technique with new lifters than experienced lifters, and I spend more time coaching mindset with the experienced lifters than the new ones. But this may vary, especially before a big competition.
We all are different people, and in my experience, different people require different types of coaching. I don’t understand why some people coach a group as if they are one person! If you are an ectomorph, mesomorph, or endomorph, you will have big problems performing a similar lifting pattern. Just look at weightlifting: you will not find a similar lifting pattern there.
Planning is important, but will is everything. I think you have to be an experienced lifter to manage your own coaching. I would recommend video analysis comparing yourself to experienced lifters.
Each day is different. But my day usually starts with working with a few clients, then training kettlebell around 12-14 o’clock. Then more clients before I leave work. In the evening, I go to handball training or football matches. On the weekends, I play handball or golf. I guess I’m an active guy!
17. What does the future of Kettlebell Sport look like?
I think we will watch women in every weight class lift 2x24kg at the World Championship. And while we stand there, we will say this to each other: “Remember back in 2010, when women were only allowed to lift 1x24kg, and they couldn’t do Biathlon”, and then we will laugh!
So yes, it’s time for equality in Kettlebell Sport.
In general, I believe Kettlebell Sport will grow worldwide, and I hope that each country’s sports federation will approve this sport.
Mauricio Kjeldner is a Kettlebell Sport coach and personal trainer in Norway. He is a Rank 1 athlete in Long Cycle and Biathlon. He has 2 Master of Sport students (Ina Ruud Winther and Ellen Hammering), and one Master of Sport International Class student (Beate Kårstad Støfring).
Mauricio can be found on Instagram @coach_kjeldner